COVID-19 Alert: 25 January – Returned travellers from New Zealand

Returned travellers from New Zealand

Quarantine-free travel for New Zealanders arriving in Australia has been suspended for 72 hours, following a person in Auckland testing positive to the B1351 COVID-19 variant first detected in South Africa.

If you arrived in Victoria, after travelling from New Zealand, between 14 and 25 January you must:

  1. Get tested immediately.
  2. Isolate until you receive a negative result. Do not attend work.
  3. Contact your manager.
  4. Monitor for symptoms in the following two weeks post-exposure and repeat testing (and isolate until the result is known) if symptoms develop.

You can return to work when you receive a negative result, if you have no symptoms.

List of New Zealand exposure sites.

If you have attended any of these exposure sites, you must contact the Department of Health and Human Services on 1300 651 160 before you return to work.

Updated advice for screening teams

All managers are requested to share these updates with their teams and discuss at stand-ups and handovers. Please print a copy and display it in communication books and on employee noticeboards.

As advice and information evolve, please consult the latest updates and visit the Department of Health and Human Services and Monash Health COVID-19 website for employees regularly for the latest.

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